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A New Liability Standard for Injuries in Virtual Worlds


I examine and reject what has become a dominant move in virtual world studies, namely, for scholars to seek to redefine the nature and scope of property rights entitlements in virtual world contexts: for example to claim that Lockean principles support recognition of property rights of users that trump contractual agreements as set out in EULAs. In my presentation I will argue that the types of interactive behavior occurring in virtual worlds increasingly call for a re-examination of the tort—based injurer/victim relationships between the parties rather than the property on contractual bases of these relationships. In particular, I will argue that the increasingly accidental nature of such injurious interactions calls for a shift from a strict liability to a fault liability regulatory regime.

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Professor Steven Hetcher, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

Tuesday, 27 October 2009
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Conference Room, Level 1
Oei Tiong Ham Building
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776

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